In a society which is so obsessed with seeing their young take up medicine and engineering as career options, sports (other than cricket) features fairly low on the radar. Pursuing a career in sports is difficult, thanks to the lack of infrastructure and funds. And while all athletes in India have it tough, female sportspersons are even worse off.
But, gone are the times when Indian Sports was only associated with men. The times when women living in this country were not encouraged to actively participating in sports.
Time and again, the women sportspersons in India are taking the world by storm, have worked extra hard and defied all odds to make us proud. Not only fame, but the sportswomen in India are also now playing money, and are a neck-to-neck with their male peers.
The Top-Paid Women Athletes Making Us Proud:
PV Sindhu: World’s 7th highest paid Indian woman athlete
In a top-ten list of Forbes highest-earning female athletes, a certain PV Sindhu (with annual earnings of $8.5 million) rocked the spectators by emerging seventh on the charts. This came as a real achievement since she surpassed World No. 1 Simona Halep.
PV Sindhu became a name of fame after her 2016 Rio Olympics win. Not only did she become the only second Indian to bring home an Olympic (badminton) medal, silver achieved in the global competition was India’s highest ever finish. Following this, she received a cash prize worth Rs 13 crore from different states of India.
Sania Mirza – An Ace against odds
Sania Mirza carved a niche for herself and an example for the world as India’s leading female tennis player – one that remains unchallenged to this day. With her popularizing forehand groundstrokes, Sania Mirza was the first Indian woman to get through the top 20 rankings in World Tennis Association for singles and top 10 for doubles. According to the WTA, Sania’s estimated worth is around $6 million.
With 10 singles and 13 doubles in her junior singles career and a Grand Slam with Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania is one inspiring example for the nation.
Saina Nehwal – The woman badminton sensation
Saina Nehwal is an Indian badminton champion who holds the holds No.1 rank in the World Women’s Singles. The estimated net worth of Saina is a whopping amount of $4 million (20 crores). She is ranked 29 in the Forbes Top 100 Celebrities List, making it a money rank to 43.
After Prakash Padukone, it is this young-achiever who became the first Indian to claim the no.1 spot. Saina is also the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championship. In the year 2009, she became the first Indian to clinch the Indonesia Open. She also clinched a bronze medal at the recently concluded Asian Games.
Mithali Raj – The flag bearer of the Indian Women’s Cricket
Mithali Dorai Raj with a whopping amount of $1 million net worth is placed at the 4th position in the highest earning woman athletes in India. Mithali is an elegant batswoman who was the former captain of the women’s cricket team.
With her brilliant and consistent performances, Mithali has surpassed New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, the highest T20 run-scorer amongst men cricketers. As a guiding light, Mithali Raj with her perseverance and persistence has created her solid identity in the sport over the years.
Mary Kom: Punching to the glory, medals and fame
With five world titles, three Asian titles and eleven national titles under her belt, Magnificent Mary Kom is a household name now. With a whopping net worth estimated close to 3.32 crores (according to BFI).
Mary’s career and name need no introduction and her achievements define her. Mary is currently leading the Indian contingency strongly at the Women’s World Boxing Championships.